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2014 NFL Draft Positional Breakdowns: Defensive Ends

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Jadeveon Clowney is the star of this year’s defensive end draft class. (Photo: Jeff Blake — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Joe Marino

Perhaps it’s the draftnik in me since I’ve said this about every position, but there is intriguing talent throughout this year’s draft class of defensive ends. In a league where pass-rush and stout defensive line play is at a premium, the defensive end position is among the most important to have a great rotation at.

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Ryan Talbot’s Buffalo Bills Seven-Round Mock Draft: Version 2.0

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014

If Jake Matthews is on the board at nine, the Bills would be foolish to pass on him.  (Photo: Brett Davis — USA Today Sports)

BBD Assistant Editor: Ryan Talbot

With version 1.0 of my Buffalo Bills mock draft being more than one month old, it’s time for another look at how Buffalo’s draft could stack up. It’s early February, so it’s safe to say there’s still plenty of uncertainty when it comes to the 2014 NFL draft. In general, teams will have a better ideas of how their draft boards stack up after some of their roster holes get filled via free agency.

For the sake of this mock draft, I’ll make a few free agency predictions. First, I think the Bills will resign Jairus Byrd long-term or replace him with a fellow free agent (T.J. Ward and Chris Clemons are two solid options that come to mind). Buffalo could also add a left guard in free agency along with a veteran defensive lineman.

If they can address those needs with veteran signings, here’s one way they could continue building their roster with their seven picks in this year’s draft.
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Joe Marino’s Senior Defensive End Rankings for the 2014 NFL Draft

Friday, November 22nd, 2013

Stanford’s Trent Murphy stands out as the top defensive end of the senior class. (Photo: Jason O. Watson — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino

The 2014 senior crop of defensive ends is full of hybrid type players who may project to play 4-3 defensive end or 3-4 outside linebacker at the next level. I based these rankings off of the positions these players primarily play in college, so all of the players ranked currently play defensive end.

The class doesn’t have any sure-fire top ten players but there are plenty of players with starter upside.

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2014 NFL Draft Prospect Preview: Oregon vs. Washington

Friday, October 11th, 2013

Potential top-five draft selection Marcus Mariota will face one of the toughest tests of his redshirt sophomore season Saturday vs. Washington. (Photo: Scott Olmos — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Joe Marino
BBD Staff Writer: Joseph Curtis

One of the biggest games of the season in the Pac-12 Conference will take place Saturday when the Oregon Ducks travel to Seattle to take on the Washington Huskies in a 4 p.m. afternoon showcase. The No. 2 Oregon Ducks go into the game undefeated and trying to keep their national championship hopes going strong, while the Huskies will be trying to get a big win on the toughest part of their schedule, one week after losing a hard-fought game to Stanford by only three points.

As a result of both teams having a bevy of potential 2014 NFL draft prospects, this week’s game prospect preview is a double feature. Joe Marino is focusing solely on Oregon’s prospects this week, while he has been joined by fellow staff writer and Washington state resident Joseph Curtis, who is taking a closer look at the Huskies’ top prospects this week.

Oregon’s top five prospects are listed on page 1, while six from Washington can be found on page 2.

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